This is what we have to look forward to — and it’s only a preliminary list.
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Since the 1930s, American workers have had the freedom to choose whether to recognize a union for their workplaces in secret ballot elections. But the unions, which have regularly lost about half those elections, now say secret ballots are unfair. They want to change federal law to require recognition of a union simply when the union presents to the employer “union authorization cards” signed by a majority of employees at a work site.
When a swarm of union activists, who have your home address and phone number, come at lunch time to ask you to sign a union authorization card, do you really have an option publicly to say no? Or maybe they will come to your home. How about after your wife or teenage daughter get a threatening phone call? How about after you hear about someone who resisted signing a card at another work site who was beaten up by some people he didn’t know? Given the long history of disgraceful union violence, such public demands to sign a card do not involve freedom of choice.
Suppose the union gets signed cards from 51% of your co-workers (by hook or crook), but you don’t want to join the union. Unless you live in a state with a right to work law, you then have no choice. You have to accept the union as your bargaining agent, and pay union dues, which generally run hundreds of dollars each year or more. Your only choice is to quit and go work somewhere else.
Obama and the Democrat party now support the Orwellian-named Employee Free Choice Act to enact precisely this change in the law. But that is not all. If the employer and the union do not reach agreement on a contract in 120 days, then the Act requires the dispute to go to mandatory arbitration. The arbitration panel can then impose a two-year contract on the employer with the wages, benefits, work rules, and work conditions it decides are right. So when that union activist shows up at the employer’s door with those signed cards, the employer has lost control over his company. When the union drives him out of business and leaves the workers unemployed, the union will just go on to the next victim.
Obama also wants to change the law to prevent the employer from hiring replacements for striking workers. But this freedom, which has been in federal law for 70 years, is the core essential for making the whole union regulation system work, for it prevents unions from making excessive wage demands. If an employer tries to impose unreasonable, substandard and submarket pay on the workers, it will be unable to find sufficiently qualified replacement workers. But if the union is demanding excessive, above market wages, then the employer will easily be able to find replacements for strikers.
Still another bill supported by Obama and his lefty Democrats would force state and local governments to recognize mandatory unions for all police, firefighters, and other public safety workers. The real Change We Need, however, is just the opposite of all of this, a national right to work law that will grant each and every worker the freedom to decide whether or not to join a union. No longer would any worker in America be told that he or she must join a union or lose their job. That is the right law for a free country.
“Fairness,” Not Free Speech
If you thought liberals believe in free speech, wait until you see how they behave once they enjoy the overwhelming majorities they expect. First up is to shut down conservative talk radio through so-called Fairness Doctrine regulation of radio broadcasts. Under that regulation, government bureaucrats will decide whether licensed radio and TV broadcasters maintain a mandatory balance between competing viewpoints on public policy issues. Of course, there is no objective means for determining what balance between competing viewpoints on any issue is.
Network news is exempt from this proposed regulation because, after all, it is just objective reporting of the news, and we can’t have government involvement in that. Nor does the requirement for balance apply to newspapers or magazines like Time or Newsweek, because, after all, anyone can go and start up his own newspaper or magazine if he doesn’t like the existing ones.
Only predominantly conservative talk radio will bear the burden of this regulation. And the fundamental problem is economic. Millions and millions of people listen regularly to dozens of conservative talk radio shows across the country every day. Only a few liberal talk radio shows can draw enough listeners to survive. If radio stations have to balance popular shows with millions of listeners with losers that nobody wants to listen to, they will go out of business. Hence the end of conservative talk radio.
The right rule for a free society is the free speech doctrine, not the fairness doctrine. Everybody should be free to speak their mind on radio, and if they can draw enough listeners to survive in the market, they should be free to thrive. If they can’t draw the listeners, then they shouldn’t be taking up space on the radio spectrum.
The Brown Shirts
But the experience we are already suffering with Obama and his minions shows the trouble our nation is in. Lawyers for the Obama campaign are sending letters to the Justice Department demanding criminal prosecution of a nonprofit advocacy organization and its primary donor because they are sponsoring TV ads publicizing the close connections between Obama and unrepentant terrorist William Ayers. No one has demonstrated anything false in the ad, and the organization’s lawyers have been careful to comply with every legal requirement and filing. That is why the Justice Department has refused to take any action.
The Obama campaign is also sending threatening letters to TV stations running NRA ads about Obama’s anti-gun record, claiming the ads are false and misleading. The letters threaten the stations with FCC investigations regarding their licenses to broadcast. Obama’s campaign has done the same to stations running the Ayers ad.
A union front group called Accountable America has “launched a campaign to send ‘WARNING’ letters to potential GOP donors in a thuggish attempt to depress Republican fund-raising,” nationally syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin reports on her website. She includes an actual letter from the group, which starts out “Dear Republican Supporter.” It then threatens the potential contributor with investigations by the IRS, and “by the media and well-funded ‘watchdog’ groups” regarding their “business and personal affairs.”
Hans von Spakovsky reports at HumanEvents.com that the Obama campaign has organized a Barack Obama Truth Squad in Missouri that has received local media attention. Spakovsky writes, “It is made up of local prosecutors and sheriffs who say they will target anyone who ‘lies’ or runs a ‘misleading’ TV ad about Obama during the Presidential campaign.”
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